West Ham manager David Moyes has confirmed that young talent Divin Mubama has turned down a contract offer from the club, raising concerns about his future at the London Stadium, relays the WHW. Moyes, who has been impressed with Mubuma’s progress since joining the senior team this season, issued a warning to the 18-year-old striker.
Mubuma, a product of West Ham’s academy since the age of 8, has caught the attention of the coaching staff, leading Moyes to decide against loaning him out and instead keeping him in the squad. The club had been working on securing a new deal for Mubama, reflecting their belief in his potential and bright future with the team.
However, the recent rejection of the contract offer has raised fears that Mubama could be considering an exit from West Ham, which would be a significant setback for the club’s plans. Moyes, in response to the situation, emphasized his admiration for the young talent and issued a warning about the potential consequences of rejecting a contract at this stage of his career.
“Divin was offered a contract 12 months ago, but he’s the one not agreeing to sign a contract,” Moyes stated. “We really like Divin; he’s an East End boy and a West Ham supporter, a great lad, we love him to bits. I feel the best thing for Divin is to sign a contract at West Ham.”
Moyes acknowledged the competition Mubuma faces in the team but highlighted his youth and the potential for more opportunities in the future. The manager urged Mubuma to consider the benefits of committing to West Ham at this crucial stage of his career.
“A lot of are getting impatient, but the bigger problem is their agents want to take them away and get games elsewhere,” Moyes added. “There’s a few boys that have left here who have made incredibly wrong decisions. If they are not careful, they can get bad information about what they are doing and how their career path should go.”
Moyes emphasized the club’s commitment to nurturing young talent and the positive environment at West Ham for player development. The hope is that Mubuma reconsiders his decision, and negotiations can resume to secure a deal that aligns with both the player’s aspirations and the club’s long-term plans.